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Six States Receive Nearly $15M in Grants to Expand Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

On September 14, the Department of Labor announced grants totaling $14.9 million to six states as part of the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) that is intended to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities.  This is the seventh round of DEI funding.  Since 2010, the department has awarded grants of more than $123 million through the initiative to 49 projects in 28 states to improve education, training, and employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities.  Grantees of this year’s awards will use the funds to:

  • Improve employment outcomes and increase the number of individuals with disabilities who earn credentials.
  • Provide more and diversified job-driven training opportunities.
  • Facilitate academic and employment transition among youth.
  • Incorporate flexible approaches to designing and providing training and supportive services, including customized employment strategies to help jobseekers with significant disabilities.
  • Build effective community partnerships and collaborations across multiple service delivery systems and the effective blending and braiding of resources.
  • Promote more active engagement with the business sector.

For more information, visit: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/odep/odep20160914.

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